Aaron during the exhibition gala at the 2013 U.S. Championships
|Full name||Maxwell Theodore Aaron|
|Country represented||United States|
February 25, 1992 |
|Home town||Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Residence||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Former coach||Julie Patterson
|Former choreographer||Tom Dickson
|Skating club||Broadmoor SC|
|ISU personal best scores|
2013 Skate America
Maxwell Theodore Aaron (born February 25, 1992) is an American figure skater. He is the 2013 U.S. national champion, the 2011 U.S. national junior champion, and the 2012 and 2013 U.S. International Classic champion.
Maxwell Theodore Aaron was born in Scottsdale, Arizona. The second of three children born to Mindy, a nurse, and Neil, a pediatrician, he has two sisters, Madeline and Molly, both of whom have competed in pair skating. He is Jewish, and was raised in a traditionally Conservative Jewish home. He said:
I grew up looking to all those Jewish athletes for inspiration. I always thought the list needed to be longer. We needed to have a stronger representation of Jewish athletes, and I’m so happy that I’m part of them now.
Aaron attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale and later Cheyenne Mountain High School, graduating in 2010. He received the Principal's List Award and was on the honor roll for four years. He then began studying at Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where he majors in finance.
Aaron began skating as a hockey player at age four, and took up figure skating at age nine to improve his skating skills. He competed in the USA Hockey nationals in 2006 and 2007. In hockey, he played U16 AAA, the highest level for ages 16 and under, and was one of 40 youngsters to make the USA hockey development team in 2007. He led his league in goals and penalties for two years.
In figure skating, Aaron finished in 5th place on the novice level at the 2007 US Championships and 13th on the junior level at the 2008 U.S. Championships. He continued to compete in both sports until he injured his back, later in 2008. After fracturing the right and left of his L5 lumbar vertebrae, he spent four months in a body cast and another four in physical therapy, and was required to stay off the ice for a year.
Aaron later moved from Scottsdale, Arizona, where he had skated at Alltell Ice Den, to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to train at the Broadmoor Skating Club and the World Arena. There, he picked Tom Zakrajsek as his head coach and Christy Krall for additional technical advice. Zakrajsek describes Aaron as a strong jumper who jumps high, skates very fast with tremendous power, and has the ability to compete very closely to what he trains.
2010–present; US Championship
A year after his back injury, during the 2009–10 season, Aaron won the bronze medal at the U.S. national junior championships. In 2011, he won a silver medal at the SBC Cup in Karuizawa, Japan. He then won the national junior title, while at the same championships his younger sister Madeline won the novice pairs title with her partner and his older sister Molly finished in 11th place in senior pairs. He then competed in the 2011 World Junior Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, and placed 5th.
At the age of 20 years old, Aaron won the 2013 U.S. Championships. After opening his West Side Story free skate with a quad Salchow-double toe combination and a quad Salchow, he performed six triple jumping passes in bonus time. He scored a total of 255 points and won gold ahead of silver medalist Ross Miner and three-time winner Jeremy Abbott.
Aaron made his Grand Prix debut at the 2013 Skate America. In sixth place after the short, he placed second in the free and pulled up to win the bronze medal behind winner Tatsuki Machida and silver medalist Adam Rippon. He placed 7th and the NHK Trophy. At the 2014 US Nationals, he placed third and was named to the team for the World Championships, where he placed 8th. Together with Jeremy Abbott's 5th place finish, they gained the third spot back for the US men.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|GP NHK Trophy||7th|
|GP Skate America||3rd|
|GP Skate Canada||TBD|
|Cup of Nice||2nd|
|Gardena Trophy||2nd J.|
|U.S. Champ.||3rd J.||1st J.||8th||1st||3rd|
|Midwest. Sect.||2nd J.|
|Southwest. Reg.||1st J.||1st J.|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
|National or North American|
|U.S. Championships||5th N.||13th J.|
|U.S. Junior Champ.||1st Jv.||3rd I.|
|NACS, Pittsburgh||8th N.|
|Midwestern Sectionals||8th J.|
|Pacific Coast Sect.||2nd N.||1st J.|
|Southwest Pacific Reg.||9th Jv.||1st Jv.||1st I.||1st N.||2nd J.|
|Levels: Jv. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice; J. = Junior|
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- Whiteside, Kelly (January 27, 2013). "Max Aaron lands two quads, wins first U.S. title". USA Today.
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- Metcalfe, Jeff (January 28, 2013). "Scottsdale's Max Aaron wins U.S. Figure Skating senior men’s championship". azcentral.com. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
- "US Men gain ground in World Figure Skating". March 28, 2014.
- "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/15 - Men". June 28, 2014.
- McCarvel, Nick (July 30, 2014). "Aaron prepares for battle by returning to his roots". IceNetwork.
- Rosewater, Amy (May 21, 2013). "Hard-working Aaron aims to modernize 'Carmen'". IceNetwork.
- "Max AARON: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013.
- "Max AARON: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011.
- "Competition Results: Max AARON". International Skating Union.
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